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KIOUSVILLE/WARNERSVILLE, OHIO

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Kiousville Mill 1912

COMPILED BY MARY LOU STIVERSON

Information contributions by

Mrs. Rachael Morehart, Mr. Paul Morehart and Mr. Ed Myers

At the south line of Fairfield Twp. bordering on Pleasant is a small village known as Warnersville, receiving such name from the fact that the tract of land was owned by Mr. Warner, where a cluster of eight or ten houses now stand, embracing a population of 40 to 50 people. About 1867, David Lane, a huckster by occupation, opened a small store here, which, in 1872, he sold to R. Watrous, who continued trade here till 1881, when, in January of that year, he sold out to J.S. Bowers He carried on business one year and sold to William Watrous & Bro., who are now conducting a general merchandise trade. In the fall of 1874, a post office was established here by the same name of the village, with R. Watrous as postmaster. This office existed until 1879, when, as it was not self-supporting, it was discontinued. But again, in the spring of 1881, it was re-established under the name of Kiousville, with J. S. Bowers as postmaster. In January, 1882, William Watrous became postmaster and is now its present incumbent Jesse S. Bowers built the first house and was the first blacksmith in the village. He was succeeded by Henry Bowers who is the present incumbent. *From History of Madison County, Ohio-1883-W.H. Beers & Company.

The little village grew slowly and at present consists of a few houses with a general store managed by F.P. Daniels and a blacksmith shop owned by E.B. Mitchell.

About 1820, William Wilson, a native of Pennsylvania, located on the north part of Pleasant township on Deer Creek and erected a grist and saw mill. He ran the mill for several years and sold to John Kious. After running it a few years Kious tore down the old mill and rebuilt and improved it making it much larger and with greater capacity. Prior to the building of this mill most went to Darby, near Georgesville for milling. *From History of Madison County-1915-B.F. Bowen & Company.

In a letter from Rachel Morehart, dated 11/5/2002: "I'm sending you this information about the old Kiousville Cemetery. It is located on Robison Road. I've been familiar with this cemetery all of my life. The information I am sending you concerns my great-great-grandfather, Frederick Dountz. You can't get into the grave site without two six foot ladders. The iron fence around them is at least six feet tall and no gate. The information on them is from the Dountz family Bible now owned by some of the family living in the Commercial Point area."

Mrs. Morehart's information is as follows:

SARAH DOUNTZ-Nov. 29th, 1860 and ISABELLA DOUNTZ DENNISON-Aug. 6th, 1861 and REBECCA DOUNTZ THORNTON-Sept. 22nd, 1865, age 32 years and 19 days.

ANNA MARIE DOUNTZ (sometimes referred to as Mary Ann) married John Toops, they were the parents of several children including Frederick who married Rachael Eliza Stone, my grandparents and Sarah who married John Bower, they were Don's grandparents. Rebecca Dountz was Myrta and Lem Bricker's grandmother.

NAPOLEON'S SOLDIER BURIED IN LOCAL CEMETERY SINCE 1871

On a farm operated by the Fryer family on Robison Road is the old Kiousville Cemetery, situated on a little hill in a pleasant groveof trees. When the mill operated on Deer Creek, near the old, family type gravel pit, the town of Kiousville stretched along Robison Rd. toward Rt. 56 instead of at its present site at the crossroads. Grave markers in the cemetery date back to at least 1803.

Among those with an interesting story behind them is that of Frederick Dountz. He died November 22, 1871 at the age of 82 years, 8 months, and 2 days. Dountz was born in Hesse-Cassel Germany. His father was a Prussian/Hessian soldier who fought as a mercenary with the British Army during the American Revolution. After being captured with Cornwallis at Yorktown, he was sent bact to Germany. There he married and fathered a family, one of which Frederick was a member. From his father, Frederick learned of America. In his youth he was drafted or joined Napoleon's army and became a member of the Imperial Guard. After the Battle of Waterloo and Napoleon's final defeat, Frederick emigrated to the United States. He was apprenticed to someone at Chillicothe, Ohio for three years. He then came to Madison County where he settled near the Kiousville Mill. By 1854, he had purchased 193 acres on the other side of Rt. 56 near Bradford's Fork. He is buried with his family within a small fenced-in plot containing four graves in the old Kiousville Cemetery. This cemetery hasn't been used since 1890.

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The Kiousville Cemetery has also been called Robison Cemetery. According to one person it was also referred to as the Graham Cemetery. In addition to the Dountz family members several Robisons were interred near the Dountz family graves. Some Robison burials were exhumed and moved to Pleasant Cemetery near Mt. Sterling, Ohio many years ago.

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You can check burial information by clicking on the Genealogy section on our home page. As of this submission, February, 2003 the Kiousville/Robison Cemetery are in the process of being put on the site. Appreciation for information of the Kiousville section goes to Mrs. Rachael Morehart, Paul Morehart and Ed Myer. The story of Kiousville would have lacked a great deal without their contributions of information and photo.

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Information obtained from the Church of Latter Day Saints Genealogical Repository in Utah shows that Frederick Dountz was born March 21, 1789 and died November 22, 1871. His first wife was Barbara Zalleren and they married possibly in Wurtemburg, Germany. His second wife was Sarah Ackerly. The wed in Pickaway Co., OH December 14, 1832. Children of Frederick and Sarah Ackerly Dountz: Rebecca, Isabella and Frederick who died 11/29/1860-Kiousville. The Repository further states that Frederick's will was filed May 1, 1871 at the London, OH court house and that 7/1/1831 he purchased 203 acres in Madison Co. for $300.00.

Information from the Ancestry.com site showed that Sarah Ackerly was born 7/18/1794 and died 11/29/1860. Barbara Zalleren died 7/2/1832 possible in Madison Co.

Frederick and Sarah Dountz's daughter, Rebecca, married Allen T. Thornton. Rebecca died 9/22/1865 at age 32. A child of theirs was Frederick Holton Thornton. From History of Madison County, Ohio-1915, "Since the subject of this brief biographical record has become a representative among the men of his chosen calling in this community, it may be assumed that he early made a plan for his life and that with undeviating determination he carried out this plan from day to day until the present time. Frederick H. Thornton wed Ella Hunter in 1885. She was the daughter of Charles and Martha Fitzgerald Hunter. Children of Frederick and Ella: Lloyd born 1888 and spouse of Mabel Dennison. Two others died in infancy".

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Genealogical Data collected and assimilated in part by Mary Lou Stiverson.